Loehmann’s Love

Yesterday I had the opportunity to do something I’ve been holding back on lately: Shopping. I’ll fully admit, I do love to get my shop on. But thanks to burgeoning wedding costs, I’ve restrained myself for the last year or so. (And by restrained I mean “shopped less”. You didn’t think I gave it up altogether now, did ya?)

However, I had the day off (holla for a teacher’s schedule!) and decided to pay a visit to my beloved mecca of discounted fashion merchandise. I told myself I was just scouting out rehearsal dinner dresses with no intention to buy… don’t worry, I didn’t actually come home with a dress but I did fall in love with one.

Anyways, have I mentioned how much I love Loehmann’s? I’m pretty sure I have but in case you missed it, there it is. I love Loehmann’s. It’s gotten to the point where Mr Trail Mix knows the drill whenever I enter the apartment with a Loehmann’s shopping bag. It varies by item but usually involves me making him guess how much I paid for said item and how much it retailed for originally. Some of my finds include my gorgeous Beth Bowley engagement dress, Seven for All Mankind jeans, a Cynthia Steffe sundress, Missoni sunglasses, Kate Spade flats…

Good stuff, all well below the retail price.

I think it’s the thrill of the hunt that I love; you just never know what you might score. It’s kinda along the same lines as my flea marketing obsession. I will also confess that I’m a brand junkie but I just refuse to pay exorbitant prices, which makes Loehmann’s the perfect place for me.

I found a few rehearsal dinner dresses that I liked and one that I loved. Take a look (all photos taken by yours truly):


This pale blue silk Cynthia Rowley halter matched my wedding palette and I was loving the white sash but the halter style without a tie-option wasn’t doing much for me and my awkwardly-shaped bod.


I adored this Tracy Reese dress when I tried it on and it fit me perfectly! But I the colors were a little darker than I had been envisioning for my June clambake rehearsal dinner and I so it got vetoed (although I did stand and twirl in it for a good five minutes).

And then I tried (or tried to try on) this one. And oh doctor, it was game over. It was another Tracy Reese dress and the details are just perfect.


A pale pink silk that fluttered when I walked. Empire-waisted with beaded details on the on the top. The gold ribbon-bow hanging down.

*Heart flutters!


Those thicker white circles are pearly, almost like shells. Oh, how I loved this dress. Alas (you knew this was coming), even though the label said it was a size or two larger than my normal size, the zipper just would not budge over my ribcage. I tried, I really did. I twisted it every which way, trying to get that stubborn device up. I asked the salesgirl to give me a hand. But no dice. Damn, damn, double damn!

I briefly considered buying it anyways and then bringing it to a tailor to have it taken out. But I was unsure of whether that would even work and honestly, the dress was $100 and when you add in alterations, I didn’t want to gamble on that much moolah. Having a dress taken in is one thing, having it taken out is another  whole ballgame.


Instead, I had to settle for a gorgeous, new bikini from Tibi and let my dreams of this pink-and-gold confection fade into the distance.

Isn’t my bathing suit pretty, though?


I justified it by telling myself I deserve a new one for our honeymoon and I think it will be perfect when we’re lounging on the beaches of…

Ha! You thought I was going to give my honeymoon location away without blogging about it. As if! No, that will have to wait for another day but due to a surprising/interesting turn of events, we’re very close to making a final decision.

Do you love Loehmann’s (or other discount stores like Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, etc.) like I do? Have you bought any new fun clothing for your honeymoon?


Mrs. Trail Mix

New York
Wedding Date:
June 2010
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    KMSull 6442 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:41 am

    Nooooo on that dress not fitting! It is SO GORGEOUS! I love the blue one too, though. That’s super adorable. We don’t have a Loehmann’s here (massive sad face) but I’m a huge Marshall’s fan since that’s what we’ve got!

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    SugarSpice 21 posts, Newbee @ 11:42 am

    I play that game with my fiance too! “How much do you think this cost?” …”Now how much do you think iiii paid for it?” Hehe. So exciting to know I’m not the only one! Congrats on the bathing suit – can’t wait to know where you will be honeymooning! Also, looove the pink dress! I’m sure you’ll find something just as gorgeous soon!

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    yummyducky66 240 posts, Helper bee @ 11:48 am

    My fiance CRINGES when I walk in with shopping bags. He doesn’t try to guess anything but knows that I will be putting on a mini fashion show first thing :) He tries to run away but I always win and get to show off my newly bought goodies.

    I love TJ MAXX for great bags and awesome shoe finds. Not a huge fan of Loehmann’s.

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    jackie-o 2379 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:54 am

    I am SO jealous of your finds – AIR 5

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    hamster 4047 posts, Honey bee @ 12:04 pm

    I love that last dress! Also a fellow Loehmann’s fan here, as well as Century 21 :)

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    lace 702 posts, Busy bee @ 12:12 pm

    Yes, I have to be in the mood though because it’s so much clothing to look through!

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    fancygirl 230 posts, Helper bee @ 12:13 pm

    I love Loehmann’s and Filene’s Basement! Cute suit! :)

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    misspug 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:28 pm

    for this past christmas, all i asked for were loehmann’s gift certificates. too bad about the tracy reese dress! i know you’ll find something awesome.

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    teaadntoast 2595 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:28 pm

    So cute! Filene’s Basement is my favorite. And did you hear? They’re bringing us a Nordstron’s Rack. So exciting.

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 12:36 pm

    Holy cow that dress is beautiful! That sucks that it didn’t fit :-(. But the bathing suit is super cute!

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    argyle 2519 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:51 pm

    Oh, sad trombone that the dress didn’t fit :( The bikini is cute, though!

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    ILikePink 1408 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:52 pm

    I’m sitting here in the new Calvin Klein jeans I got for 90% off yesterday, so I totally get the love.

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    KBSept2011 23 posts, Newbee @ 12:56 pm

    Loehmann’s is the greatest store since sliced bread. But I love all discount stores!

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    LovestheBear 1250 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:01 pm

    Agh I loove Loehmanns!! I used to swing by the one in Chelsea whenever I got my hair did, but then my stylist moved. No bother the one uptown was way better. And now that I don’t live in the city, there’s a Loehmann’s right next door to my yoga studio. Thankfully they close at the same time the class I take ends. :)

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    frenchfries 2168 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:06 pm

    That’s a great bikini! And too bad about the dress…it’s such a disappointment when stuff doesn’t work out the way you hope! I’m sure there’s an even better option out there, though. 😉

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    Maggie, Guest @ 1:21 pm

    I’m totally a bargin shopper and get so excited when I find a great deal. Last week I found an awesome Coach purse which retails for $300.00 for $80.00. Gotta love it!!!

    PS ~ love the new bathing suit

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    EMARILU 322 posts, Helper bee @ 1:23 pm

    Nice finds, always love a good deal. #1 fan of Discount Stores :) Tracy Reese has beutiful designs, the last one was my favorite. Sorry it didn’t work out for you. I’m sure you’ll find something just as cute.

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    kaybee 630 posts, Busy bee @ 1:28 pm

    I got 3 dresses from Ross for our honeymoon cruise…the most expensive one was $20!

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    Ms. Iphone, Guest @ 2:25 pm

    I love discount stores, I’ve found some great finds for my wedding. If you’re looking for new bathing suits try Victoria’s Secret—I purchased 5 bikinis for my honeymoon all on sale for $45 total!!

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    Ms. Sapphire 340 posts, Helper bee @ 2:37 pm

    Loehmanns is awesome! I got a pair of $350 shoes there for $60. And $400 designer jeans for $10. And Mr. S and I play that game too! (You’ll NEVER guess how much this was. Guess!). haha. I love it.

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    LisaBee 358 posts, Helper bee @ 2:40 pm

    Loehmanns is the BEST. I too play the “guess how much!?!” game whenever I shop there and giddily read over my receipts. My fav is in White Plains, cleaner than the ones in the city, if you ever take a trip up to the ‘burbs.

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    Serendipity 10356 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 2:42 pm

    I love stores like Loehmann’s, TJ Maxx, and Marshall’s, but I’m usually not in the mood to dig for the little treasures.

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    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:45 pm

    Oh no! Well, your bathing suit is super pretty and you will find a dress!

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    yorkie 1291 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:00 pm

    How is it I’d never heard of Loehmann’s before this post? I just checked their store finder and there are two in Miami! Thank you, TMix! ;o)

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    ChiCat 335 posts, Helper bee @ 3:23 pm

    I _love_ Loehmann’s!! When I was looking for a dress for a formal event before graduation (it’s kind of like an MIT prom), I found an amazing Vera Wang bridesmaid dress there for <$100, when it originally retailed for close to 10 times that! So checked back when I was looking for dresses for my bridesmaids, but sadly no dice. Can’t win ’em all!

    And I play the “guess how much” game with my fiance, but it’s a bummer because he knows I only play when I got a great deal, so he guesses insanely low, and then I get grumpy because I end up telling him I paid more than he thought instead of getting to gloat over paying so much less than it’s worth :p

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    msswan 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:56 pm

    I am sad to say that as a New Yorker I have never been to Loehman’s. (Hangs head in shame). It’s like saying you’ve never had a bagel. Sigh..looks like great stuff though!

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    Mrs. Mouse 5760 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:01 pm

    What a dissappointment that the dress didn’t fit! It’s really cute.

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    nachos 1721 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:08 pm

    At least you got a cute bikini out of the trip! I don’t think I can say I’ve ever been to a Loehmann’s, but I do love some good bargain hunting!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:47 pm

    That stinks on the dress, but I think that was a smart move to not risk getting it and letting it out. Cute bikini!

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:21 pm

    oh that’s so sucky that it didn’t fit! what a bummer. but, on the bright side, your bikini is super cute!

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    LoriLori 800 posts, Busy bee @ 8:49 pm

    I’m a big Marshalls/TJ Maxx fan but never did well in Loehmann’s. I think it’s time I gave it another go!

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 9:19 pm

    I love that second dress!

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    eileen marie 1644 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:46 am

    I hate when you find a dress that you love, & it doesn’t fit! I remember when Loehmann’s didn’t have doors on their fitting rooms-it was like a naked cattle call! Tracy Reese is great-I have the same awesome TR Anthropologie dress as Miss Snapdragon.

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    Miss Chicken Wing 1225 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:19 am

    I love the second dress, too, and I especially love the fact that you found a way to fit “As if!” into your post! Loves it!

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